is a derivative of the seed of the achiote trees (Bixa orellana
L.) of tropical regions of the Americas, used to produce a red food coloring.
It is used in cheese, margarine, butter, rice and smoked fish. Annatto is commonly found in
America and Caribbean cuisines as both a
coloring agent and for flavoring. Central and South American Indians used the
seeds to make a body paint, and as a lipstick. For this reason, the
achiote is sometimes called the lipstick-tree.